The Department of Transport (DoT) began the early stages of planning for light rail in Perth in 2017 as a METRONET Stage 1 priority. This planning work investigated a light rail network that would complement the rail network to better connect communities and support economic growth by providing greater access to jobs within a 15 km radius of the Perth CBD.
This work culminated in an Infrastructure Australia Stage 1 submission – problem identification, however further work on this project was paused and METRONET’s focus was placed on expanding the passenger rail network.
With investment in Perth’s rail system underway, the planning focus is turning to improved bus services and considering mid-tier transit solutions.
Through METRONET, DoT is a partner in investigations into planning a mid-tier transport network that complements the existing heavy rail and bus network. This work builds on earlier work from DoT, the Public Transport Authority, and various local government authorities.
Work undertaken since 2021 through METRONET includes the Wanneroo Road Urban Corridor Project, North-East Wanneroo Rapid Transit Feasibility Study, and transport modelling to support the Mid-Tier Transport Planning project.